NAESP Welcomes New Vice President, Board Members

Paul Wenger will serve as Vice President of NAESP’s Board of Directors; April D. Knight, Ann-Marie Gleason, James Edmond, Jr., and Kevin Armstrong will also begin new terms as Board members.

Media Advisory
Kaylen Tucker, NAESP

April 17, 2019—The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) welcomes Paul Wenger, principal of Jordan Creek Elementary School in West Des Moines, Iowa, as the recently elected Vice President of NAESP’s Board of Directors.

Wenger, a member of NAESP for the last 19 years, has served on various NAESP committees, including the Board of Directors. Wenger has also held leadership positions with the School Administrators of Iowa, including Board President.

“NAESP needs energetic leaders with the capacity to build a culture of inclusiveness and develop healthy relationships across a wide spectrum of our profession,” said Wenger. “I will work diligently on behalf of our nation’s school principals to protect the promise of a quality public education for all, in a profession I absolutely love where I know kids really do come first!

Wenger will begin his term of Vice President on August 1, 2019, and will become NAESP Board President two years later—after he has served as both Vice President and President-elect. NAESP’s current Vice President, Dave Wick, will become President, and Kimbrelle Barbosa Lewis will become President-elect, effective August 1, 2019.

In NAESP Zone elections, the following individuals were elected to the Board of Directors:

  • April D. Knight, principal of Avondale Elementary School in Columbus, Ohio will represent Zone 3 principals in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia.
  • Ann-Marie Gleason, principal of Harpeth Valley Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, will represent Zone 4 principals in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
  • James Edmond, Jr., principal of Woodside Elementary School in Sussex, Wisconsin, will represent Zone 6 principals in Iowa, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Also in accordance with the NAESP Bylaws, the NAESP Board of Directors elected Kevin Armstrong, principal of DuPont Hadley Middle School, as the Director At-Large, Middle to fulfill a three-year term effective August 1, 2019.

NAESP is the leading national association representing elementary and middle school principals in the United States, Canada, and overseas. NAESP supports principals as the primary catalysts for creating lasting foundations for learning in their commitment to all children through policy development, advocacy, and resources for effective instructional leadership. The Association seeks to advance the principals’ profession at the national level and address issues in pre-K-3 alignment, principal preparation and evaluation, and building the capacity of new principals. NAESP honors principals through its National Distinguished Principals program and administers a variety of professional services, including the National Mentor Certification program for principals.